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Mid-East anger at Gaza deaths
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Palestinian and some Israeli newspapers are outraged at the killing of at least 18 Palestinian civilians by Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.

One Palestinian commentator accuses the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of ignoring humanitarian considerations, but there is also anger at the perceived indifference of the wider world to Palestinian suffering.

In Israel, one writer accuses the army of treating Palestinian casualties like goals in a soccer match, although another argues that this is the price to be paid when militants "hide behind women and children".

MAHMOUD AL-HABBASH IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA

The myth about coexistence and peace between the Palestinians and Israelis has been shot down over Beit Hanoun. It is clear now that the evil trio of Ehud Olmert, [Defence Minister] Amir Peretz and [Strategic Affairs Minister] Avigdor Lieberman is free of any political, legal or humanitarian constraints.

BASIM ABU-SUMAYYA IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

If the blood shed in Beit Hanoun were wine spilled in the salons of the political Arab elite, then the anger would have been great and protest marches would have been organised. The shedding of Palestinian blood has become something only noted in passing, something which does not trouble the Arab and international conscience.

PALESTINIAN AL-QUDS

We condemn the killing operations carried out by the Israeli forces, the victims of which are mostly children, women and innocent people. These are practices that do not serve any peace objectives or settlement. They only deepen the gap between the two peoples.

HAFITH AL-BARGHOUTI IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

The Israeli military establishment that was defeated in Lebanon was not deterred by the [Hezbollah] rockets that hit its home front. It was worried only about its military losses. Now, this establishment is trying to transfer the battle to its home front, by provoking a rain of suicide attacks in its cities to cover up its defeat and the widespread corruption among political and military leaders.

ABDULLAH AWWAD IN PALESTINIAN AL-AYYAM

Our blood was shed over the debris of our demolished houses, but the occupation has done nothing new. It kills, kills and kills us, regenerating itself through our deaths, and growing at the expense of our killing, and will die because of our killing.

SIMA KADMON IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

A regrettable mistake, past and present politicians and army officers said yesterday. This is not a mistake. This is a disaster. A regrettable mistake is when you step on someone's foot, not when you kill 11 members of one family. Someone has to stop this madness.

YOSSI SARID IN ISRAEL'S HAARETZ

This achievement is better than the previous one - three weeks ago, an officer announced to his soldiers the astonishing result: 12-nil in our favour. Yesterday, the result was 18-nil and it could improve in injury time. C'mon Israel! It seems that in the last few days, the chief of staff has once again been preoccupied with his bank account, and has not taken the time to check his account in the blood bank.

BEN KASPIT IN ISRAEL'S MAARIV

Someone has to tell the people of Beit Hanoun, the citizens of the Gaza Strip, the Arabs of the occupied territories, the whole world, the one simple, poignant truth: He who fires thousands of Qassam rockets at the civilian [Israeli] population for years; he who hoards thousands of tons of explosive materials for months, should understand that it is impossible to hide behind women and children. Such behaviour has a price tag.

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